Above you will see pictures of the Old Jail in Tazewell, Tennessee. The first color picture was made by me in about 1996 and the others were made either in the mid or late 1930's. The older pictures are compliments of William G. Chumley. There were two Chumley's John Wesley and Daniel L. who were Sheriffs of Claiborne County.
From Goodspeed’s History of Claiborne County-- "The first jail was completed at about the same time as the courthouse - 1804. It was used until 1819, when Josiah C. Ramsey, John Evans, William Graham, William Renfro, Robert Crockett, David Rogers and Reuben Rogers were appointed commissioners to erect a new jail. It was built with a double wall, the outside being rock and the inside frame.” The architecture is described as follows in The Peoples History of Claiborne County - Vol II - "Originally, the stone foundation level served basically as the entry with stairs leading to the "Second" floor (brick section) which was the main facility. In the center of this floor was a single cell ("bull pen") with steel bars; an open hallway was on each of the four sides. A jailer had a bed in one corner. The cell has apparently been removed."
The Boys of Fall How Bout Those Gibbs Eagles Kenny Chesney played for the Eagles Division I - Always a rival for our Claiborne Bulldogs, in distance probably our second closest rival. It was nice to be a part of that first Claiborne County Club.
The Tennessee Century Farms Program was created in 1975 by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as part of our nation’s bicentennial celebration. Click Here to visit the Century Farms in Claiborne County.
Back in 1946 and again in 1966 there were effort to combine the two Tazewell's. Could that have been a feasible solution to a lot of controversy between the Tazewell's?
I suggest anyone that has ever had an interest in preserving the history of Tazewell read this letter written to the Claiborne County Progress on February 7, 1934 by James M. Freeman. This opinion should have been one that survived rather than one that was apparently never heeded.
Now that the new stretch of U.S.Hwy 25E is complete towards Morristown wouldn't it be fantastic if the Big Sycamore Creek Development Project would become a Hydro Dam Project, producing electricity for the Upper East Tennessee counties>
One hundred years before Mr. Freeman wrote the article above a famous New York magazine writer by the name of Charles Fenno Hoffman passed through the Cumberland Gap and into Tazewell, Tennessee. On April 21, 1834 Mr. Hoffman sent his article back to Harper & Brothers entitled A Tennessee Hill Town about Tazewell, Tennessee.
February 1, 1915 Receipt for Wire, Poles and Transformers from Guaranty Electric, Inc., Knoxville, Tennessse to run Electricity from Tazewell Electric Light and Power between the Tazewells
Possibly one of the early cedar chest's from a local furniture manufacturer. This chest came from Yoakum and Runions Cedar Factory It was saved from my Grandmother Mattie Payne's House in Lone Mountain, Tennessee that was burned in 1980. Elizabeth "Libby" Bunch Smiddy of LaFollete has added comments and quieries regarding the Runions Cedar Shop in Youngstown.
Claiborne County Genealogical and Historical Society has secured the deed to the OLD JAIL, located Tazewell.
The Scott County, Tennessee OLD JAIL with 21 acres. Owned by the Scott County Historical Society
Think of how it must have been for our parents and grandparents during World War II - Here is a 1942 War Ration Book Issued to George Edward Payne.
I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a treeCO2= 1 part carbon and 2 parts oxygen. If you take the letters only, "co", just think about how many words begin with those two letters. There is coward, cough, corruption, corrosion, complacent, coercion and communist . Also community, correlation, company, comprehension, cohesion, companion, consensus, coherent and correction. Some good and some bad. You will see if you focus on the good spellings that your going to make the world a whole lot better place to live.
Located on the beautiful campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum houses one of the most diverse Lincoln and Civil War collections in the country. As a student there during 1976 thru 1978 I was able to assist as a student worker in the moving in and restoration of many of the pieces now housed in this museum.
A 1944 Knoxville News-Sentinel article "Will The Crooks Be Prosecuted?". This involved vote tampering by the head of the State Republican Party, a Claiborne County Lawyer and involved "dog voting" and "ballot box stuffing".
Forty (40) articles written by Nell Quesenbery though the late 1970's and early 1980's to the Claiborne County Progress. The articles are in a directory and are all PDF files. All you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader to open any of these files. They will be listed in alphabetical order and the full file name may not be visible. They are safe to open so just CLICK HERE to access the Nell Quesenbery Directory.
Looking for information regarding Providence Baptist Church located in Powell Valley. (Gentleman has church bell blown away by tornado of March 14,1933.)
I am going to include the e-mails from Gary Keck of Monroe, Michigan on a page I will call TAZEWELL NORTH. E-mail me your stories and lineages regarding your relocation and a way to get in touch so that long lost friends or maybe new friends can get in touch with you. Many of our locals really want to make you feel welcome - maybe this will help.
After receiving the above group pictures of a 1947 or 1948 MYF Camp from Glynn Ailey Millett I found several others that were made a couple years before the one she sent or at least I think so. My brother's, Phil and Eddie Payne, appear to be several years younger in the pictures I have than the one she sent. Here are both sets of pictures together.
I need help identifying THIS PICTURE said to be of either Kenneth, Frank or Lawrence Ault.
The Tin Type picture made somewhere around 1865 of William Shipley, husband of Margaret Buis has been identified. Susan Shipley of Knoxville, TN now has her ancestor's picture.
From my grandfather Phillip's scrapbook a 1949 Knoxville News-Senitnel clipping regarding a ruckus between two old friends, brother-in-laws, from what it says. The names mentioned are Greer, Standifer and Cloud.
If you can please help Dee Anne Lamb and her endeavor to find Benjamin and Susannah Cloud who lived in Claiborne County in the early 1800's. They were the cousins of Benjamin Cloud and wife Mary Chadwell Middleton Cloud who was prominent in Tazewell at the sametime. If you can help visit The Two Benjamin Clouds of Claiborne County
Another picture identifying project of very old tin types and pictures from the Raven Ridge-Lower Caney Valley Communities comes from Tina Lephew Cooke. Surnames include Harrell, Hayes, Hurst, West and others.
1961 BETA CLUB - 1963 STUDENT COUNCIL Help me identify the 1961 Beta Club at Claiborne County High School. These people are all freshmen and were seniors when I was a freshman in 1963. Also a picture of the STUDENT COUNCIL 1963.
Now is your chance to visit a truly great eatery new to the Tazewell area. Superb Barbeque can be had at Po' Richards Barbeque located across the street from the Dixie Plaza Motel. You can see his menu plus pictures of many of the menu items by clicking HERE or on his logo to the left. Another note of interest that I found out that Arnold "Po' Richard" Massengill, is on record as scoring the first touchdown that the Claiborne County "Blue Devil" football team ever scored. Ask him about it the next time you see him.